On this week’s show, we are joined by Susan Fay from Holmes State Educational Forest. Susan explains what an Educational Forest is, discusses Holmes' different trails and some of their interesting features, goes over some of the flora and fauna you may see this time of year, and goes over some of the changes that have recently taken place, including the Forest's hours of operation and which amenities still remain closed due to Covid.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Chris Burns, one of the founding members of the Friends of the Ecusta Trail, who discusses the plans for the Ecusta Trail, a rail-trail project that is in the final stages of being purchased, and in anticipated to begin construction within the next year. Chris discusses the challenges of a large project like this as well as the benefits this sort of greenway project brings to the community.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Leah Hughes from Distil PR, the agency that works with the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority to help promote Hendersonville as a destination. Leah discusses how Hendersonville works to get into big-name publications, and draws travel writers from around the country who visit and then share their experience in major publications, websites, TV & radio.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Matt Willey, the artist behind Hendersonville's newest public work of art, the Bee Mural, who discusses the project, which is slated to be completed in early May 2021. Matt is on a mission to paint 50,00 bees on murals across the globe to spread the word about the importance of pollinators. We are also joined by Kim Bailey from Hendersonville Bee City USA, who discusses the impact of the mural project on our community, how we work to make Hendersonville more hospitable for pollinators, and some of the other pollinator projects taking place this spring and summer, such as the installation of a pollinator garden at the base of the Bee Mural.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Amy Boswell from the Hendersonville Visitor Center/Henderson County Tourism Development Authority who talks about the Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend, and annual event that brings together all of Hendersonville's wineries and cideries in a fun-filled, event-packed long weekend, and who gives an update on this year's plans for the biggest garden show in the Southeast, the annual Garden Jubilee celebration.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Meredith Friedheim, the Downtown Events Coordinator from Downtown Hendersonville's Community Development Department. Meredith discusses the special events that will take place in spring and summer of 2021, including the Hendersonville Farmer's Market, LoveHendo Saturdays and the reveal and display of the 2021 class of bear statues with the Bearfootin' Public Art Walk, all of which are annual events that help to keep the city vibrant.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Chris Cavanaugh of Magellan Strategies. Chris recently completed a yearlong survey of tourism in Henderson County where he spoke to businesses, past visitors and people who had an interest in visiting in the near future to learn about what brings travelers to Western NC and what they want to do while visiting, as well as their impacts on the tourism industry. The research is a valuable tool for businesses to use in planning the marketing tactics in the future.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Millie Davis from the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the Asheville Folk Art Center, which is located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, making it one of the few manmade destinations along this iconic road. Millie tells us about the history of the organization, why it is important in the region and what sort of items and special events you may find there.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Beth Carden, the Executive Director for the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA). Beth is set to retire at the end of the month, and in this, her final address to the community, she talks about her accomplishments, how far HCTDA has come during her tenure and what she hopes for its future after she has gone.
On this week’s show, we are joined by Simon Thompson from Ventures Birding Tours to discuss birding in the region, how it has grown in popularity in recent years, especially during the pandemic, how it drives tourism, and popular birds as well as great birding destinations found in the region during different times of the year. According to Simon, birding is for everyone and anyone can love it.